Exclusive: Paul Robinson delivers verdict on Alioski, shares who Leeds are missing
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Paul Robinson has said that Ezgjan Alioski was guilty of giving the ball away in the 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, but that he shouldn’t be singled out in what was a sloppy display from the whole side.
The 0-0 draw in the last Championship outing makes three draws and just two wins in the last seven games and Leeds are currently heading the wrong way down the table.
Alioski came in for some criticism after the game but Robinson said the whole team had to do better.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds news, Robinson said, “I don’t think it was just Alioski who giving the ball away, I think Leeds as a team lost possession too much.
“As a team they were wasteful in the final third, I think they retained possession well in the first half but in the second half less so.
“I think they were all guilty of ball retention not being good enough, and I still think [Pablo] Hernandez is a miss for them.”
Robinson went on to say that goals were the big problem and called for Marcelo Bielsa to give Eddie Nketiah more game time or look for a new striker in January.
“I still don’t understand how Nkeitah isn’t getting more game time,” Robinson said. “We need someone to score goals and take chances, our goalscoring record this year… we’ve only scored 17 goals in 14 games and that isn’t good enough for a side who want promotion this year.
“It needs to improve and there needs to be a solution, perhaps in January we need to buy that 20-22 goal a season man, I don’t know.
“But the possession is there and the chances are there so something needs to change in the final third.”
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